National Coming Out Day: 20 people who came out in 2020
National Coming Out Day has been celebrated on October 11th annually for more than three decades. The first such celebration was held in Washington in 1988 to mark the March 1987 one-year anniversary of gay and lesbian rights, which reportedly attracted 200,000 protesters to the country's capital.
In honor of National Coming Out Day 2020, here are just a few of the many notable LGBTQ coming out stories published so far this year.
Aaron Schock, a former Republican Congressman known for supporting anti-LGBTQ legislation, was identified as gay in an Instagram post in March.
"The fact that I'm gay is just one of the things in life that needs explicit confirmation in order to dispel any doubt and finally to confirm who I am as a person," said Schock, who dodged rumors in Congress about his sexuality was. wrote. "In many ways, I regret the time I wasted not doing it sooner."
Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, came out bisexual in September during an interview with talk show host Tamron Hall.
"They put it out there on whether or not I identify as gay and the answer is, I don't identify as gay but I identify as bisexual," said Gillum.
It was the first time the Democratic candidate for Florida governor in 2018 spoke publicly about his sexuality.
Auli'i Cravalho, the star of Disney's "Moana" and "The Little Mermaid Live," has been identified as bisexual in a since-deleted video posted on her TikTok account in April.
When Cravalho dubbed Eminem's song "Those Kinda Nights", he recited the lyrics: "No, I'm bi." And when a Twitter user asked the actor, "Do you like girls?" She reportedly replied, "If I may accompany you to my TikTok ..."
Avery Wilson, an alum from NBC's "The Voice," took to social media in July to deliver a personal message to his fans and followers: "I'm bisexual. Ok, bye," he wrote on Twitter and added a subsequent tweet added. "From the horse's mouth is the ultimate understanding."
On Instagram, the singer, who appeared in the third season of the singing competition show, addressed his sexuality in a post that has since been deleted.
"In my opinion, life is not about being perfect. It is about growth, development, setting and smashing goals and above all about happiness and LOVE," he wrote. "My aim is to perfect my love for myself without being afraid to love who I want, how I want."
Rapper Da Brat came out publicly in March and confirmed her relationship with Jesseca Dupart, CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, in a tearful Instagram post celebrating an early birthday present.
"I was always kind of a private person until I met my heart that handles some things differently than I do," she wrote. “I've never experienced this feeling before. It's so overwhelming that I often get dazed and hope never to get trapped to see if it's real so that I can live in this dream forever. "
Franco-Canadian actor François Arnaud, best known for his role in Showtime's drama "The Borgias" and his appearance on the award-winning series "Schitt's Creek", was portrayed as bisexual in an Instagram story just before Bi Visibility Day on 23. September celebrated.
Arnaud said he wanted to share his story to combat "assumptions of straightness" and bisexual annihilation.
“Last week I was talking to work friends, and when I was telling a trip with an ex-girlfriend, I wondered for the ten thousandth time how I could tell a story like this without making it seem like that. That was the whole story of me ", he wrote. "I'm sure that many bisexual men feel the same way and end up doing just like me: leaving other people's assumptions about straightness uncorrected."
J. August Richards
Actor J. August Richards, best known for his role on Agents of SHIELD, became publicly known as gay in April when he discussed his role on NBC's Council of Dads, in which he featured Dr. Oliver Post, a married gay man, portrayed a black man and father.
"When I think about why I got involved in this industry in the first place, it was really to fight oppression," he told castmate Sarah Wayne Callies during a live Instagram interview. "I knew how I was influenced by the people of color I saw." TV or I didn't see that on TV. "
"To be honest, I had to show myself in a way that I don't always do when I'm working," he said of his role on the Council of Dads. "I knew I couldn't portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I was a gay man myself ... I never did that to the people I worked with."
Actress and activist Jameela Jamil came out in February after criticizing her for starring in a new HBO Max fashion contest series in which some social media users said "belongs to queer people". Following the backlash, "The Good Place" star came out as strange in a lengthy statement posted on her Twitter account.
"That's why I never officially came out as queer," she wrote. "I kept it low because I was afraid of the pain of being accused of performative belt truck jumping, about something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil as a kid."
Born to a Pakistani mother and Indian father, Jamil said she had struggled for years to get out "officially" because she feared she would not be accepted into the South Asian community.
"As an actor, it's also scary to openly admit your sexuality, especially if you're already a brown woman in your thirties," she wrote. "I absolutely didn't want it to come out like that."
In an Instagram post shared in June amid nationwide protests against racial injustice, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor Justice Smith came out queer and revealed he was dating a man.
"Nicholas Ashe and I protested in New Orleans today," wrote Smith. "We sang 'Black Trans Lives Matter', 'Black Queer Lives Matter', 'All Black Lives Matter'. As a Black Queer man, I was disappointed to see certain people who wanted to say Black Lives Matter but shut their tongues when trans / queer was added. "
After his first post, Smith addressed the reaction of his fans and followers and tweeted, "If I didn't get out, I got in."
"Riverdale" star Lili Reinhart came out bisexual in June, opening up a part of her life she had never shared with her fans before.
"Although I've never publicly announced it, I'm a proud bisexual woman," the actor wrote in an Instagram story, along with a flyer for an LGBTQ + for Black Lives Matter protest taking place in West Hollywood, California .
"Outer Banks" star Madison Bailey came out pansexual in a TikTok video released in May and later revealed that she is dating Mariah Linney, a female basketball star at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight during LGBTQ Pride Month, Bailey said being pansexual was "basically just loving people for people, regardless of gender or any kind of sexuality or anything else."
A few weeks after friend Justice Smith was publicly posted on Instagram, Queen Sugar actor Nicholas Ashe wrote his own warm note to Smith on Instagram.
"Justice - you wrote all of my recent smiles. You make me feel safe. Seen. Heard. Inspired. Admired. Returning the favor has been my favorite adventure," Ashe wrote in August. "It's difficult to fully summarize my gratitude, but here is an Instagram post to help me try. Happy birthday, handsome man. I love you the most. Thanks for all the good."
Comedian and actress Niecy Nash broke the internet last summer when she not only came out but also introduced her new wife to the world.
Stars "Claws" and "Reno 911" announced their marriage to musician Jessica Betts in August and shared a gleeful photo of themselves and Betts walking down the aisle after saying, "I do."
But Nash, who had previously been married to men, revealed that while she may have shocked fans with her announcement, she didn't think it came out per se.
"I don't feel like my marriage is my coming out, it feels like I get inside myself and be honest with who I love," Nash told people shortly after they tied the knot. "And I don't limit myself to what this love should look like."
Best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in 2007 cult classic Hairspray, actor Nikki Blonsky became popular in June, LGBTQ Pride Month, during a celebratory TikTok video of her dancing and dating Diana Ross Dubbed 1980. I come out."
HAIRSPRAY, Nikki Blonsky, 2007. © New Line / courtesy Everett Collection (New Line Cinema / courtesy Everett Collection)
"Hello, it's Nikki Blonsky from the movie" I'm gay! #Pride #imcomingout #hairspray ", the Golden Globe nominee signed the clip.
Nikkie de Jager
Popular YouTube creator and makeup artist Nikkie de Jager, also known as Nikkie Tutorials, announced in January that she is a transgender woman for her more than 12 million YouTube followers. The move was caused by blackmail attempts.
While lamenting the opportunity to reveal her journey on her own terms, de Jager said she was coming out publicly in an attempt to "regain my own power."
"I can't believe I'm saying this to all of you today for the whole world to see, but damn it, it feels good to finally do it. It's time to let go and be really free," de Jager told im Video . "When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender."
Viral sensation Rebecca Black came out queer, revealing that she had previously dated a woman during an interview on the Dating Straight podcast in April.
"For me the word 'queer' feels really good," said the singer of "Friday". "I've met many different types of people and I just don't really know what the future holds. Some days I have." feel a little more gay than others. "
Football star Quinn, who represented Canada at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, publicly appeared transgender with a post on Instagram in September. In it, Quinn - who uses her / she pronouns and now only bears her last name - discussed the difficulty of getting out publicly and added key tips for the cisgender community on how to be a better ally with the transgender community.
"Coming out is tough (and kind of bs)," wrote Quinn, who plays for the Washington State OL Reign team in the National Women's Soccer League. "I know for myself that I will do it again for the rest of my life. Having lived as an openly transgender person with the people I love most for many years, I've always wondered when I would come out publicly would. "
Rosario Dawson officially came out during a full-length interview in February where she clarified that a 2018 Instagram post about Pride stating that she was sending "love" to her "LGBTQ + colleagues" was misinterpreting has been.
"People kept saying that I (got out) ... I didn't," she said. "I mean, it's not inaccurate, but I never got out, got out. I think I am now."
Image: Rosario Dawson (File Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)
Dawson didn't say how she identified, but she added that she "never had a relationship in this room so it never felt like an authentic calling to me."
In 2019, Dawson was confirmed to be dating Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., And in August the two were reported to be moving in together.
Sara Ramirez, best known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy came out as a non-binary gender in August. In a post posted on Instagram, the Tony Award winner said, "I have the ability to be anything from a 'girlish boy' to a 'boyish girl'.
Ramirez added the hashtag #nonbinary to the headline of their post and updated his bio on social media accounts to read "non-binary human". Her bio also states that they use both she / she and she / she pronouns.
During LGBTQ Pride Month in June, Taylor Schilling, the star of Orange Is The New Black, confirmed to fans that she was in a relationship with a woman.
The actress re-shared a photo of her Instagram story previously posted by musician and artist Emily Ritz, along with the heartfelt emoji message, "I couldn't be more proud to be by your side @tayjschilling" Happy Pride ! "
PICTURED: Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in
In a 2017 interview with Evening Standard Magazine, Schilling said, "I've had very serious relationships with a lot of people and I'm a very expansive person. There's no part of me that can be labeled. I'm really attractive doesn't fit in a box - that's too reducing. "
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